Smith & Wesson S&W First Model 1891 .22 LR 10” Single Shot Pistol C&R

SOLD FOR: $755

WOA#: WY240318RU067

Make: Smith & Wesson

Model: First Model Single Shot, The Model of 1891

Serial Number: 11175

Year of Manufacture: 1893-1905

Caliber: .22 LR

Action Type: Single Shot, Top-Break, Manually-Cocked, Rimfire Pistol

Markings: The barrel rib is marked “SMITH & WESSON / SPRINGFIELD MASS. U.S.A.”, “MODEL OF 91”, and “PAT APR. 20. 75. FEB. / 20. & DEC. 1877. MAY. 11. 80.”. The buttstrap is marked “11175”.  The left side of the barrel is marked “*22 LONG RIFLE CTG*”.  The underside of the barrel latch is marked “11175”.  The right of the frame is marked with an S&W monogram logo.  The left grip under the monogram is marked “PAT’D AUG.30.92”.

Barrel Length: 10”

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a beaded blade pinned to the barrel rib.   The rear sight is a square flat top u-notch that is integral to the barrel latch.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are accurate to the model.  The grips are two piece checkered hard rubber extension target stocks with smooth borders, two screws, S&W Monograms at the tops, and smooth diamonds around the grip screws.  There are a few scattered light marks and compression lines. There are some marks on the bottom edges. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as C&R. There are no chips or cracks.

Type of Finish: Blued, Case Hardened trigger and hammer.

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition:  The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp.  There is some minor scattered erosion and pitting concentrated at the muzzle.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8/10 for C&R, possibly antique.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 70% of its metal finish.  The balance of the finish shows honest aging with thinning at the leading edges, areas that have gone to patina, and some minor freckled rust scattered about the frame. There is light operation wear including a scrape on the left side of the barrel hinge.   There are other very faint and thin scratches on the barrel exterior and frame.  The pinheads are unmarred. The screw heads are sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, the pistol is in about Fine condition as C&R.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment:  The Smith & Wesson First Model 1891, also recognized as the .22 Single Shot Model 1891, is a testament to Smith & Wesson’s entrance into the target shooting arena, reflecting the era’s burgeoning interest in precision shooting competitions. Chambered in the accurate and low-recoil .22 Long Rifle caliber and featuring a 10-inch barrel for superior sight radius and accuracy, this model was designed to meet the exacting demands of competitive shooters. It boasts a factory bright blue finish and checkered black rubber grips for enhanced aesthetics and grip stability, essential for maintaining accuracy during shooting. Characterized by its break-open action and a barrel latch for ease of loading and unloading, the First Model 1891 is not only a marvel of engineering and design but also a coveted collectible, prized for its historical significance and the fine craftsmanship synonymous with Smith & Wesson. Its unique combination of design, precision, and historical value continues to endear it to collectors and shooting enthusiasts, making it a revered piece in the annals of target shooting history.  Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

Smith & Wesson S&W First Model 1891 .22 LR 10” Single Shot Pistol C&R
Smith & Wesson S&W First Model 1891 .22 LR 10” Single Shot Pistol C&R